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Ride Along Scheme launched in Shrewsbury

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride in a marked police car and go out on patrol with an officer in Shrewsbury? Are you concerned about anti-social behaviour and crime and would like to see personally how Police deal with such issues? If so, and you are over 16, then you should consider the Ride Along Scheme.

The Ride Along Scheme allows members of the community to experience first-hand, what a police officer on patrol encounters whilst carrying out their duties. It provides valuable insight into what West Mercia Police do and how they go about protecting people, fighting crime and keeping Shrewsbury safe.

In particular, the Ride Along scheme in Shrewsbury will aim to show the workings of ‘Team Shrewsbury’ – a multi-agency model incorporating Shropshire Fire & Rescue, Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council, Street Pastors, Safer Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury BID and others – with an emphasis on quickly resolving local problems by working together.

West Mercia Police is committed to being as transparent as possible about its work and the Ride-Along Scheme is one way to help them achieve this.

The Ride Along Scheme enables communities to build a better understanding of the work of police officers in West Mercia Police. This may include arrests, how they deal with offenders and victims, statement taking, questioning and stop and searches.

Requests to Ride Along with an officer in your local area will be accommodated wherever possible, as it gives people the opportunity to become more familiar with their local policing team.

The Ride Along Scheme now supports the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme by providing opportunities for the community to accompany police officers on patrol. There is no guarantee that people participating in the scheme will witness Stop and Search as this will only be done if it is an operational requirement. However, it will provide the opportunity to see many other policing activities and procedures.

Participants who patrol with officers in vehicles are likely to overhear private information and attend incidents where personal information is freely available. For this reason, participants patrolling with an officer will require vetting and to sign confidentiality agreements. Participants will be subject of intelligence and Police National Computer checks before being accepted on the scheme. A safety briefing must be attended prior to going out on patrol and participants will have to follow the instructions of the officer they’re accompanying at all times and wear a high visibility observer jacket.

For more information, and how to apply, please visit the West Mercia Police website.